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Filed under: blogpoll ballot, preseason.

For those who aren't familiar, the Blogpoll is, as the name suggests, a top 25 football poll in which the voters are college football bloggers.  The Blogpoll was initially organized by Brian Cook of mgoblog and Brian now operates the poll in association with  This is my third season as a voter.  During the season, I will post my ballot on Monday morning and a draft poll will be issued.  You can agree or disagree with my votes, and I can change my votes before the poll goes "final" on Wednesday.  Without further ado, here is my preseason ballot:

Rank Team
1 Florida
2 Oklahoma
3 Texas
4 Alabama
5 Oklahoma State
6 Ohio State
7 Southern Cal
8 Penn State
10 California
11 Georgia
12 Mississippi
13 Georgia Tech
14 Virginia Tech
15 Boise State
16 Oregon
17 TCU
18 Florida State
19 Iowa
20 Kansas
21 North Carolina
22 Nebraska
23 Illinois
24 Cincinnati
25 West Virginia


I don't have much to say at this time.  My ranking of USC probably is lower than most, and my ranking of Oklahoma State may be higher than most.  During the season, I make an effort to start from scratch with my ballot every couple of weeks.  This leads to criticism of "hey, so-and-so won, why did you move them down?"  The answer is that the ideal poll should be a true reflection of accomplishment not overly affected by preseason predictions.  Obviously, early season polls necessarily are influenced by prognostication, but by early October the poll should stand on 2009 accomplishments.